January 21, 2005

Aurora world cruise canceled

The on-line version of The Times of London is running a story suggesting that P&O Cruises should have a relaunching and renaming ceremony for its 1,870 passenger Aurora and is even providing visitors with an online opportunity to suggest a new name.

That comes after Aurora aborted a world cruise from Southampton that should have lasted 103 days and visited 40 destinations. In fact, passengers got no further than the Devon coast and disembarked after 11 days.

P&O Cruises parent Carnival Corporation estimates that the cancellation of the Aurora's world cruise, net of estimated earnings from anticipated replacement cruises, is expected to impact 2005 full year earnings by approximately $0.05 per share, of which approximately $0.03 per share is expected to be incurred in the first quarter and the remainder in the second quarter.

Carnival says the ship "is experiencing a technical problem with its propulsion system" and that it expects the vessel will return to service prior to the date it was to end its world cruise and anticipates scheduling revised shorter replacement cruises.

Published reports quote a P&O Cruises spokesman as saying the ship's problems stemmed from a "fault which developed on the starboard motor of a diesel electric system supplied by AEG, which drives two propulsion shafts which in turn drive the propellers."

You can download a brochure from SAM Electronics, the successor to AEG, describing the Aurora's diesel electric sytem at http://www.sam-electronics.de/neue_dateien/pad/broschueren/1.059.pdf

Passengers on the affected voyage are being provided refunds and future cruise discounts.

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